Drag March LA saw more than 2,000 individuals take to the streets of West Hollywood to protest the increasing amount of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation being passed across the country. Over 40 LGBTQ+ organizations, faith groups, queer and trans activists, drag queen artists, and numerous supporters spanning all age groups came together at West Hollywood Park by Robertson Boulevard for speeches, performances, and presentations, culminating in a march along Santa Monica Boulevard.
Among the speakers was Jazzmun Nichcala Crayton, a trans activist and entertainer. She read a poem from the stage titled “Drag Queen”:
We can’t unsee what has already been seen.
We cannot unknow what we already know.
And we will not stop dancing and lip syncing to our favorite songs.
I was invited here today to speak truth to your power. You are necessary, beautiful, inspiring and adored.
I am advocating today for the respect and appreciation that the art of illusion so rightfully deserves.
I am desiring radical change and curiosity in the hearts and minds of folks who don’t believe in Drag Queen Magic.
I am here to remind you to stay committed to practicing non-judgment, compassion, service, authenticity and kindness, ALL with the intention of blessing the world through your loving demonstration. This was told to me by the Inspire Spiritual Community.
Rejoice in knowing that every time and everywhere you show up, you bring a sense of humor, wonder and excitement. You remind us all of how important it is to be like a child at play.
You are the true representation of all that’s Holy and good in this world.
Love is a religion, so let your performances be your ministry, your lip syncing be the anointing and stay baptized and fully immersed in all the glitter, rhinestones and feathers you can glue onto your costumes.
Drag is good medicine. Allow it to heal and comfort you, and remain committed to the evolution of your transformation.
More will be revealed.
You are a spiritual being showcasing human experiences through your artistry. It takes courage to be the light in the rainbow 🌈 – illuminating, reflecting and beaming every part of your soul.
Tennessee will never ever kill a Queen’s dreams. Your existence is life affirming, multi-fascinating and imaginatively beautiful.
Listen, I didn’t choose Glamour, glamour chose me. And like the Diva O the day Marlene Dietrich once said, “Glamour is what I sell, it’s my stock and trade.”
My magnificent Drag Queens,
sustain your resistance, course correct,
reclaim your innocence, disrupt the corrupt,
break the spell,
start your own small donation based business and get paid.
Also remember you can never be fully actualized until you afford the same opportunities you’ve been given to someone else.
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 you’re on baby.